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Caregiving Contexts

SKU# 9780826102874

Cultural, Familial, and Societal Implications


  • Maximiliane E. Szinovacz PhD
  • Adam Davey PhD

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This volume represents a major step forward in the literature by placing its focus squarely on the caregiving context, its dimensions and how it shapes the process and outcomes of family care. The chapters locate care within the family, rather than a single individual....The family, in turn, in embedded within a larger cultural, community, and social context....These explorations of context will give us a broader view of how caregiving occurs. It will help us improve our theories about care and about the family's role in contemporary society....Care of our elders is an enduring and yet evolving part of life. The focus on context will help us understand, support and learn from the ways that families meet the challenges involved."--from the foreword by Steve H. Zarit, PhD, Professor and Head, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Here, in Caregiving Contexts, the editors and their chapter authors explore the ways in which demographic change will influence the availability of caregivers and how divergent welfare and ideological systems will affect care among family members and between family and formal care systems. They also discuss the differences in experience between spousal and adult child caregivers, special circumstances such as child or adolescent caregivers, and government and workplace policies that are available to support caregivers in the United States and in some European countries.

No other volume is available on caregiving which explores the sociocultural, familial, and sociopolitical contexts that effect both care decisions and outcomes.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 13, 2007
  • Page Count 312
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826102874
  • EISBN 9780826103109

Table of Contents 

    Foreword by Stephen H. Zarit, PhD
  1. Introduction: Caregiving in Context, Adam Davey and Maximiliane E. Szinovacz

  3. Demographic Change and the Future of Informal Caregiving, Peter Uhlenberg and Michelle Cheuk
  4. Choosing Between Paid Elder Care and Unpaid Help from Adult Children: The Role of Relative Prices in the Care Decision, Richard W. Johnson
  5. Commitment to Caring: Filial Responsibility and the Allocation of Support by Adult Children to Older Mothers, Merril Silverstein, Stephen Conroy, and Daphna Gans
  6. Cross-National Variations in Elder Care: Antecedents and Outcomes, Ariela Lowenstein, Ruth Katz, and Nurit Gur-Yaish

  8. Spouses Caring for Spouses: Untangling the Influences of Relationship and Gender, Eleanor Palo Stoller and Casey Schroeder Miklowski
  9. Division of Care Among Adult Children, Adam Davey and Maximiliane E. Szinovacz
  10. Children in Caregiving Families, Maximiliane E. Szinovacz

  12. Workplace Policies and Caregiving, Eliza K. Pavalko, Kathryn A. Henderson, and Amanda Cott
  13. Caregiving Policies in the United States: Framing a National Agenda, Steven K. Wisensale
  14. Family Care for Elders in Europe: Policies and Practices, Gerdt Sundstrom, Bo Malmberg, Mayte Sancho Castiello, Elena del Barrio, Penelope Castejon, Maria Angeles Tortosa, and Lennarth Johansson
  15. Caregiving Contexts: Implications for Research and Policy, Maximiliane E. Szinovacz and Adam Davey
  16. Index